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DEER GROUP CAMP, CA

part ofSan Bernardino National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: DEER GROUP CAMP
Status: Closed through Thu May 15 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Deer Group Campground is a great place to bring an extended family or large group. Its convenient location provides access to all of the area's greatest recreation opportunities and lets campers relax and enjoy nature in the pine-covered mountains of Southern California.

Natural Features:

This group campground is located in the San Bernardino National Forest, south of Big Bear Lake. It is situated in a somewhat secluded stand of conifers. The mature trees provide much shade for the campground.

Recreation:

A variety of hiking and mountain biking trails can be accessed from the campground, including the Seven Oaks Trail, which is located west of the Big Bear Lake Village. The 30-year-old trail is overgrown in some areas, but leads to spectacular views of San Gorgonio Peak, the highest point in Southern California.

Fishing and boating at Big Bear Lake are popular activities. Anglers can look forward to trout, bluegill, crappie, catfish and largemouth bass, among other fish. Because of cold water temperatures and the presence of underwater obstacles near the shorelines, swimming at the lake is somewhat discouraged, unless done in designated areas.

Facilities:

The campground offers one large group site for tent and RV camping. It can accommodate up to 40 people and eight vehicles and is accessed by a dirt road.

The campsite is equipped with picnic tables, grills and a campfire circle. Vault toilets are provided, but drinking water is not available and there are no trash collection services at the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

The Big Bear Discovery Center is located about 10 miles from the campground. It provides a variety area information, a gift shop, accessible educational programs and restroom facilities. An interpretive trail is available near the center.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Campfire Circles
  • Climbing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Bike Rentals
  • Boat Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Propane
  • Swimming
  • Wireless Internet
Know Before You Go
  • Drinking water is not available at the campground
  • Bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage
  • A rough, dirt road provides access to the campground
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Mountain Top Recreation will be assessing a $5 additional vehicle fee on the second vehicle in each single family campsite, and on the third and fourth vehicles in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered to be one vehicle and the third and fourth are also considered to be one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Click here for more information on the San Bernardino National Forest


Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures, contact the Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 866-3437.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.225, -116.91417
34°13'30"N, 116°54'51"W

Travel I-10 east (State Highway 330) to Running Springs. Turn onto State Highway 18 and continue to Big Bear Lake Dam. Continue 3 miles on State Highway 18 and turn right on Tulip Lane. Turn right onto Mill Creek Road (Forest Route 2N10) and continue for about 9 miles. Turn on Forest Route 2N45Y and drive a short distance to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

DEER GROUP CAMP
SAN BERNARDINO
CA

Phone Number:

Information: (909)866-8550
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